May 20, 2019 Subject:
Closing my eyes, I'm transported back . . .
It's good to see Mr. Jordan. But, I had to close my eyes to make it right. I was born during the closing days of the Golden Age of Radio. I truly wish I could be been around to hear (and imagine) more of it. Mr. Jordan as Fibber, and Marian as Molly have given me hours of entertainment in the Theater of My Mind. I wonder what Fibber would make of this newfangled thing called the Internet.
May 15, 2015 Subject:
Fun Discovery for OTR Fans
If you're a fan of Old time Radio, this brief commercial from 1970(?) is like finding a sapphire in the mud. I was a kid in the 1960s and I never heard of Jim Jordan. Only 20 years earlier, he'd been one of the biggest stars in American radio. He and his wife Marian were Fibber McGee and Molly, with a show that stayed in the radio top ten for 15 years with tens of millions of listeners. They starred in half a dozen black and white movies. Then television came. All the other top radio comedians made easy steps over to the new media: Bob Hope, Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Alan Young, Red Skelton, Milton Berle, a hundred others. They remained household names for decades. But the Jordans decided to pass on television--to this day no one knows why. And so they faded into obscurity. Marian died in 1961; Jim would live another 27 years but virtually disappear from all media. So to see him enjoying his final years, promoting a group that has since became an American institution, is a lot of fun.
January 22, 2015 Subject:
While this is a strong example of "video killed the radio star", it gets four stars due to its rarity, its unusual nature, its celebrity, and the quality of the upload.